Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Mohammad and Jesus Embracing?
In his last major speech as leader of the Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan stressed religious unity, indicating that the problem in the world is that Christians, Muslims and people of other faiths are divided. According to the AP article in Monday's paper, he told the audience at Detroit's Ford Field "that Jesus Christ and the Prophet Mohammad would embrace each other with love if they were on the stage behind him."
Now I don't want to be accused in any way of saying that our Lord Jesus is anything but the embodiment of love in its purest form, but I just can't picture Him embracing the "prophet." It's not that our Lord did not love Mohammad as he loves the entire world. It's not that He is hateful or spiteful of the "prophet." It's just that such an "embrace" would not be a real indication of true, godly love. And why is that? For the simple reason that it would indicate that our Lord accepted Mohammed's lack of true faith and heretical teachings as legitimate with the Truth. True love corrects the sinner. True love shows the errorist where he is wrong. True love does not ignore the eternal plight of the unbeliever and treat him as if he is OK when indeed his denial of Jesus as Lord and God is the ultimate condemnation leading to an eternal hell.
No, He would not embrace him at that point. He would call him to repentance. Just like he did the Pharisees and Sadducees and other entrenched errorists of his day. "I came not to bring peace but a sword," he once said, not referring to a desire to bring warfare and death, but indicating that the Gospel would be divisive for those who refused to repent and believe. He preached peace, but not the papered-over type that ignores the real issues in our relationship with God. He called all to peace through his atoning death.
Farrakhan has seemingly dropped his fiery rhetoric for the ever popular ecumenical 'gospel.' Now instead of condemning those with whom he disagreed, he simply wants to accept them as spiritual equals. I think that his fiery, albeit error-laden message of the past, was more honest. The message we are all one regardless of what we believe is the ultimate satanic lie. And Farrakhan is not the only one to buy into it.